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Reid Sperisen (he/him) is a writing intern at OutWrite, with a concentration in the Arts and Entertainment department. He is a first year Political Science major from Northern California. He loves swimming, watching reality television shows on Bravo, eating foods containing peanut butter, and listening to Lady Gaga.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Queer Magic of Janet Jackson’s “The Velvet Rope”

This October marked a quarter of a century since the release of Janet Jackson’s landmark sixth album, “The Velvet Rope.” Beyond just being the most ambitious and beautiful LP of Jackson’s career, “The Velvet Rope” was also the vital release where she fully embraced her status as a gay icon and LGBTQ+ ally.